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David J.W. Piper Elected as GAC Vice President

PRESS RELEASE
August 24, 2004
St. John's, NL Canada

The Geological Association of Canada (GAC), Canada's premiere geoscience society, is very pleased to announce that Dr. David Piper was elected as GAC Vice President at the annual GAC-MAC conference in St. Catharines, ON.

David J.W. Piper is a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic) at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Halifax, NS.

He is an expert on deep-water marine sediments and is currently assigned to work on geohazards to hydrocarbon exploration and production in deep water off the East Coast of Canada. He is best known internationally for his work on deep-water turbidite systems, based on comparison of modern and ancient deposits. He has also made contributions to Quaternary geology and paleo-environmental studies and is interested in the relationship between tectonics and sedimentation. He started his career as a land geologist and has a lot of fieldwork experience in Nova Scotia and Greece, where he has collaborated with Georgia Pe-Piper in writing a comprehensive book on the Igneous Rocks of Greece. She notes that he has spent almost three years of his life at sea (which includes being senior scientist on more than 35 cruises).

David has a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (England) He spent nine years teaching at Dalhousie University when he first came to Canada, before joining the GSC as Head of Environmental Marine Geology.

After six years as a manager, he became a full-time research scientist. He continues to supervise students as an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie and Saint Mary's universities and mentors undergraduates through Co-operative Education employment. He was Editor of Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences from 1992-1997 and is currently one of three Editors of Marine Geology.

Davids's previous involvement with GAC includes being the first "young" President of the Atlantic Geoscience Society, General Secretary of the Halifax 80 LOC, a founding member of the Canadian Sedimentology Research Group, former Councillor, former Chair of the Membership Review Committee, and LOC Chair for the Wolfville 92 meeting. He was a winner of the Mike Keen Medal of the Marine Geology Division and the Gesner Medal of the Atlantic Geoscience Society.

For further information, contact:
Cecilia Edwards
Media Contact
Geological Association of Canada
St. John's, NL
Tel: (709) 737-4378
www.gac.ca/

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